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    How to Convert from Number Seconds to Time String in SQL Server

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    I’ve been working with a sample timer application on the Windows Phone to track our TechMasters meeting timings. In the user interface I capture the number of seconds that someone spoke, and I’d like to return the value of number seconds formatted as...
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    How to get to SQL Azure Query Performance Data

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    This week there is a lot of announcements and excitement around Windows Azure and SQL Azure with the live event put on by Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Dave Campbell ( www.LearnWindowsAzureEvent.com ), where they showed the great new enhancements...
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    Learn Windows Azure with the Scott Guthrie, Mark Russinovich and Dave Campbell

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    On Tuesday this week Scott Guthrie ( @ scottgu ), is doing a live event to showcase Windows Azure and the latest in Cloud Development. The site http://www.LearnWindowsAzureEvent.com has details on the schedule for the day and includes a Q&A session...
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    Announcing the New BenkoTIPS.com site!

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    Today I’ve finally completed migration the content and links to webcasts, downloads and more from the original site I built as a developer resource in 2005 to a new version deployed in Azure . Originally deployed using DotNetNuke , the new site is built...
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    More Windows Azure Webcasts

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    In case you’re interested here are the latest scheduled additions to the Windows Azure Boot Camp webcast series ( http://bit.ly/wabcWebcasts2011 ). These include: 11/22 - http://bit.ly/btlod-65 SQL Azure and Windows Phone 11/29 - http://bit.ly/btlod-66...
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    Adding an RSS feed to a site or how to use the XMLDataSource and a Repeater

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    I’ve been working on my demo site for wanted to add a feed to my blog from MSDN. I knew that Linq to XML can do processing of rss data (it is after all just XML, right?) and that I could create some queries in code to iterate thru the feed. But in the...
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    How to encrypt passwords in Web.confg

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    In Windows Azure and especially with SQL Azure we need to store passwords to access things. I wanted to show how you can encrypt the web.config file by adding code to the global.asax file. The cool part of this is that using this technique you can secure...
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    Lincoln on Leadership

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    I just finished a great book that dives into style and approaches for leadership by Donald Phillips called “ Lincoln on Leadership ”.  To be effective, Phillips argues, look at the approaches used by this famous leader. From the simple things dealing...
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    How to Secure your Mobile App with 3rd party Identity

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    Today I’m heading out to my Alma Mater to speak to some Graduate Students on the beauty and magic of the Networking Stack, and we’ll build a Windows Phone 7.1 TCP client application. Basically it takes an example from the MSDN Library   in which...
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    How to screw up a Tech Interview

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    Today at TechMasters Jeff Urban did a great talk that addressed the soft skills a technology professional needs. As someone who has delivered many of these types of interviews for various positions and companies I could relate to what he offered and thought...
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    Observations from Minnesota Developer Conference 2011

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    This week in Minneapolis the 6th annual Minnesota Developer Conference (MDC11) was held in Bloomington and it brought with it a record crowd of 500+ attendees. The event was broken into 7 tracks with 4 sessions each along with a keynote. I am also involved...
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    Mobile Game + Cloud = RPA on Windows Phone 7

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    Last night I was out at the Mankato .NET User Group meeting talking about how the cloud makes mobile applications better, and we used Rock Paper Scissors as our scenario for the meeting. Starting from a blank slate we create a Windows Phone Application...
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    What’s DreamSpark?

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    With the technology landscape constantly changing and evolving around new tools, technologies and releases it can be challenging to keep up. In an effort to make it easier for students to use the latest tools, Microsoft set up the DreamSpark program in...
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    How to take an ASP.NET site to the Cloud in about 15 minutes

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    Windows Azure is Microsoft’s “Platform as a Service” or PaaS offering in the cloud space that provides developers with an updated, scalable and durable environment to deploy applications to. Over the last year I’ve spent quite a bit of time working with...
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    Creating a Boot from VHD in Win7

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    In a previous post last year I explained how you can use BCDEDIT to modify the boot configuration to run your machine from a virtual hard drive built with an operating system on it. I use boot from VHD to give me the opportunity to have multiple configurations...
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    Rock Paper Azure on Windows Phone

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    Yesterday I delivered a talk on how to build a cloud connected mobile game for a local user group here in Minneapolis. We showed how to use the Identity Management features of Windows Azure App Fabric and Access Control Services to identify a user, then...
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    Working with Silverlight RIA Apps in Azure

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    If you’ve been to my talks lately you might know that I’ve been playing around with Rock Paper Azure ( www.RockPaperAzure.com ) and using it as the base for some examples to show how to use the Windows Azure tools. One talk shows using the Windows Phone...
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    This week’s MSDN Radio with Sara Summers

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    Sara Summers (see her blog at http://uxarray.com )  was on MSDN Radio this morning ( http://bit.ly/msdnradio-38 ) and we talked about the Designer/Developer conversation and had some great questions on how to make that conversation work better. Sara...
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    Links to the Windows Azure Boot Camp Webcasts

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    Learning a new technology is always fun, and to help show what’s possible we’ve created a number of webcasts over the last several months. Below is a consolidated list of the links and the titles of those we’ve done so far ( http://bit.ly/wabcWebcasts2011...
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    That cloud thing…

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    Your Pointy-Haired Boss (PHB) just walked in and said, "We need to do this cloud thing, pronto. I just read about it in CIO Magazine." Pop quiz, hot shot: what do you do? Protecting Against PBH Syndrome Fortunately we have a solution to help...
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    Benko-Quick-Tip: Web Deploy plugin download…update

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    For today’s webcast ( http://bit.ly/btlod-57 )  where we explored deployment options we configured our hosted service to support Web Deploy. I wanted to make sure all the files were available so I have an update to the post below on Web Deploy. UPDATE...
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    New BenkoTips webcasts on Azure…diving below the surface

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    I’ve been working with cloud computing for a while now, and it’s time to share what I’ve learned. As part of this I have scheduled some new webcasts on various developer topics to dive into what’s possible with Windows Azure. Feel free to check these...
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    Some resources on Azure Interop

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    Blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/b/interopreability PHP on Azure: http://phpazure.interoperabilitybridges.com Java on Azure: [coming soon] Channel 9: http://channel9.msdn.com/blogs/interoperability Complete set of interop open source projects: http://www.interopbridges...
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    Benko-Quick-Tip: How to setup Windows Azure for Web Publish

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    What’s the deal with a 10 minute wait time to deploy my Windows Azure project to the cloud? I understand that when I deploy Windows Azure Fabric is actually allocating instances and starting machines for me, but sometimes, especially in development,those...
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    MSDN Radio January Schedule

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    Here’s the schedule for January’s MSDN Radio shows…register and join the conversation to ask the hard questions. Links are below: http://bit.ly/msdnradio-28 – 1/3/2011 – Social @Microsoft with Chris Slemp            ...
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